About ThorntonWeather.com

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ThorntonWeather.com went online in October 2006 and is the brainchild of a Colorado native and Thornton resident. Colorado's weather can change drastically in a matter of minutes. Sunny and beautiful in the morning and blizzard conditions by the evening rush hour. Dangerous lightning, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, torrential rain.

All of that and more occur regularly here on the Front Range. Further, what the news stations report happening downtown may not at all be what is happening in our area. While they may have clear, sunny skies, Thornton could be experiencing hail or severe wind. The temperatures and forecasts they report are for downtown, Stapleton and DIA, all a long ways from Thornton.

ThorntonWeather.com was created to provide residents of our area with information about OUR weather. If you have any questions about Thornton weather or ThorntonWeather.com, please feel free to contact us.

In the News: ThorntonWeather.com has been in area newspapers multiple times and we routinely post weather related articles to YourHub which are often times then published in the print edition. We also have been interviewed for the City of Thornton's cable TV channel. Here are links to some of the stories:

Help ThorntonWeather.com: Learn how you can help us provide you all the great news & weather information you need.

About Our Station and Website

The station is powered by a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Plus weather station. The station comprises an array of sensors including an anemometer (wind), rain gauge, a thermo-hygro sensor, and a UV sensor and solar radiation sensor. The temperature and humidity sensors are housed in a radiation shield to protect against solar radiation and other sources of radiated and reflected heat. This shield also is aspirated by a 24 hour fan to ensure accurate readings. The data is collected from the sensors every 2 seconds and the website is updated from every 10 seconds to every 10 minutes depending on the data and the page.

The ThorntonWeather.com webcams are wired cameras capable of HD resolution. The cameras are weatherproof and able to operate in all weather conditions. Images are uploaded to the Internet every five minutes.

This website is owned and maintained by a Thornton resident as a hobby and as a service to area citizens (we are not endorsed by or an official website of the city of Thornton). The Davis Instruments weather station console receives data from the various sensors. This console is then networked to a Dell XPS  workstation that receives and processes all of the data from the various sensors and other websites that feed the ThorntonWeather.com website. A software program called Weather Display captures all the data from the station sensors and then in turn uploads the information to the web server.

About Thornton

Modern day Thornton was comprised solely of farmland until 1953, when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot off Washington Street about seven miles north of Denver. The town he laid out was the first fully planned community in Adams County and the first to offer full municipal services from a single tax levy, including recreation services and free trash pickup. It was announced in a Denver Post article on Feb. 19, 1953, that Mr. Hoffman had decided that the new community was to be called Thornton in honor of then current governor Dan Thornton.

On September 21, 1953 work on the first 30 homes began and then On January 31, 1954, the first 40 families moved into brand new, one-story brick houses. The Thornton Community Association (TCA) was formed in 1954 to help guide the new community's development. By the end of 1955, Thornton had 5,500 residents in over 1,200 homes. On May 26, 1956, Thornton was incorporated as a Colorado city and had a population of 8,640 and was one square mile in size.

From a town in the middle of nowhere, Thornton grew - and continues to grow - rapidly. That single housing development from 1953 has now grown into a city with an estimated population of 120,000 (2007) and now encompasses over 27 square miles. Thornton is the sixth most populous city in the State of Colorado and the 225th most populous city in the United States. To learn more about Thornton, please visit their web site at: http://www.cityofthornton.net.

For more information on Thornton / Denver and Colorado climate, please see our Climatology pages.

* ThorntonWeather.com is not endorsed by or an official website of the City of Thornton.

About This Website

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Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.
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